Schools Increase Demand For Tablets


In a front-page story, the Washington Post (5/18, Chandler, Tsukayama) reports on the proliferation of tablet computers in US classrooms, describing their use in instruction and exploring how “the advent of lower-cost tablet computers” accelerated the one-to-one computing that had begun with laptops a decade ago. The piece notes that industry experts project that US schools will purchase 3.5 million tablets this year. The piece also notes that online Common Core testing is increasing the push for schools to buy tablets, and reports that Education Secretary Arne Duncan sees “the scaling up of classroom technology as a much bigger opportunity to rethink schools, to untether them from a calendar designed in an agrarian era, a bell schedule that tells students when and where to go, and a teacher in the middle of the classroom who is considered the source of all knowledge.”